Remembering Shan Bullock 5th October 2019, Visitors Centre, Crom Estate.

Remembering Shan Bullock

The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund) in partnership with the National Trust and the Shan Bullock Society were delighted to celebrate the works of Shan Bullock at a celebratory event “Remembering Shan Bullock” which took place on Saturday 5th October 2019 at Crom Estate.

Shan Bullock, was born on Inisherk Island within the Crom Estate in 1865, before moving to Killynick House, Teemore where the Bullock family still reside.  The loughshore and its people were part of Shan’s upbringing and in later life would be the subject of his many novels. Shan’s books reflect his memories of life living on the island and also of life in 19th Century Fermanagh.

Elmarie Swanepoel, Programme Manager of the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership stated:

“We had a fantastic day celebrating the life and works of Shan Bullock in Crom Estate where Shan spent his early years. A huge thank you to all of our speakers on the day who really brought Shan’s writings to life and provided an insight into life on Crom Estate in the 19th century.  The day gave a great insight into the rich heritage and traditions of the region and shone a light on this sometimes forgotten exemplary Fermanagh literary figure.”

The day was filled with memories of the author, extracts from his writings, and inspirational music and poetry. Guests were entertained with music and recitations from many of Shan’s novels read by local school children and members of the Bullock family. The Rock Historical Society brought to life a scene from the novel “They That Mourn” through the performance of a short play. Award winning writer Shane Connaughton (author and writer of Border Station and co-writer of My Left Foot) spoke of the importance of these events in order to ensure that Bullock’s writings are remembered and shared.  

To learn more about Shan Bullock, his writings and his life at Crom please visit our website www.lelp.org.uk

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